Latest October 28, 2007 incident off Somalia Stories

2008-10-23 15:00:11

The waters off Somalia rank as the world's most active area for pirates, The International Maritime Bureau said Thursday. The coastal waters off Somalia in the Gulf of Aden saw nearly a third of the 199 piracy attacks reported worldwide in the first nine months of 2008, the bureau said. Around the globe, 115 vessels were boarded and 31 vessels hijacked with 581 crew members taken hostage, nine killed and seven missing and presumed dead, Maritime Global Net reported. Sixty-three of the...

2008-10-04 00:00:08

By The Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Somali pirates holding a hijacked arms ship said Thursday they will not release it for less than $20 million and warned they will fight back against any commando-style rescue attempts.A half-dozen U.S. navy warships have surrounded the Ukrainian cargo ship MV Faina, which was seized last Thursday off the central coast of Somalia as it transported 33 Soviet-designed tanks and heavy weapons to a Kenyan port."We would never reduce the ransom,"...

2008-10-01 09:00:35

Somali pirates free Malaysian chemical tanker NAIROBI, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Somali pirates have released Malaysian-flagged chemical tanker M/T Bunga Melati which was hijacked off the Gulf of Aden on August 29, a regional maritime official disclosed on Tuesday. Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program said the chemical tanker owned by Malaysian national carrier MISC was freed after its owners paid a ransom of two million U.S. dollars. "The Somali pirates...

2008-10-01 09:00:12

By Mohamed OIadhassan Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Disagreements between Somali pirates holding a ship laden with tanks and heavy weapons escalated into a shootout, and three pirates are believed dead, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday. The pirates denied the report. The U.S. destroyer USS Howard and several other American ships have surrounded the Ukrainian cargo ship Faina, which was hijacked Thursday and is now anchored off the lawless coast of Somalia. The pirates have...

2008-10-01 00:01:16

By Daniel Howden AFRICA CORRESPONDENT Tanker laden with deadly military hardware remains under the control of hijackers off the coast of Somalia Russia sends frigate to the Indian Ocean, joining US vessels as concern grows over fate of cargo Russia has dispatched a frigate to the scene of an increasingly tense stand-off between the US Navy and pirates who have seized a tanker laden with tanks and weapons in the Indian Ocean off Somalia. The tussle over the fate of the Soviet-designed...

2008-09-22 09:00:41

Armed Somali pirates hijacked a Greek ship with a crew of 19 of the Somali coast, a regional maritime official said Monday. The vessel, carrying coal, was seized by pirates last weekend, reported Bernama, the official Malaysian news agency reported. "We received the reports Monday that the Greek ship ... has been seized by pirates," Andrew Mwangura, coordinator of the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Program, told the Xinhua, China's official news agency. "The vessel was carrying coal but...

2008-08-20 06:00:20

Text of report by privately-owned Somali Shabeelle Media Network website on 20 August Somali pirates have seized a Somalia-bound Malaysian ship which was hired by Somali businessmen. The heavily-armed Somali pirates are said to have hijacked the vessel which was carrying a crew of up to 20 Malaysians and Filipinos and diverted it to the northern Somali coast. Since there is no information on the fate of the vessel or the crew on board, the company that owns the ship which is...

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